Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 Rodzilla


Illustrated in a style that reminds me of the "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" movie, Rodzilla tells the harrowing tale of a city under attack. The intrepid reporter for Channel 15 keeps Megalopolis up to date on the latest movements of Rodzilla as he rampages through the city. "He's the mightiest creature to ever roam the streets." And the destruction and mayhem caused by stink-rays, slime missiles, and hurled attacks leave citizens able to only "gaze in horror at his toothless grin."

Dan Santat's watercolors capture the desperate faces of those caught by the stink-ray, the gooey green biohazard of the slime missile, and the earth shaking as Rodzilla belly flops in the center of town - sending vehicle flying through the air and buildings toppling. Rob Sanders perfectly reproduces the terse and over the top dramatic style of live news coverage in the text of this epic encounter. And readers will be delighted with the twist in the story line (nope, not telling).

Perfect for readers who enjoy gross humor, monsters that aren't too scary, and surprise endings.

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